hitachi 24v drill probs

7 Oct 2006
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United Kingdom
Hi, i have a hitachi DH 20dv 24v cordless hammer drill, the batteries are not charging (when i put them in the charger the red light is on the battery with a cross on it) how can i tell if its the batteries or the charger thats kaput.
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how old is it?

i doubt its the charger. unless you can borrow another identical set to what you have you will not know for sure unless you have a meter and a load to test it with.

most places sell the drill but no replacement batteries, probably because 2 genuine batteries cost more than a new drill
I know £140 each :eek: I'd rather tape the drill bit to me yankee :LOL:
It's perfectly possible for a charger to fail, new or old.

When my Bosch charger failed when it was a little over a year old, I found the cheapest way round the problem was to buy a DIY (green) Bosch cordless tool. The tool wasn't very good, but the charger was fine for my needs.

Why don't you find a helpful Hitachi dealer who is willing to let you try your batteries in one of their chargers, to help you diagnose the problem?
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from my experience of batteries failing to charge, its always been the charger, batteries tend to die a slower death. ebay's quite handy if you're on a budget
Can you take the battery apart and test each cell to if they are dead...
most you can not open the battery holder without damage to it. and i bet he hasnt got a meter either
I had this happen and tested the batteries in someone elses charger. Batteries were fine charger was naff. It was all of 4 weeks old. It was company supplied so they took it back and issued me with a Bosch 24v.

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